Mulch adds a finished look to a garden and provides a natural weed barrier.
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How To Mulch A Garden
Mulch, you know these are ton of actions out there . Today I am going to give you just a tip of the iceberg, and show you what to use, how to apply it, and how to meet the maximum benefits of using mulchs to your garden.
First, I will start with talking about readily available mulches. All of these can be used just mulch. Anything you put on top of the soil is going to help you in holding your moisture in the soil, keep it slow from evaporating so fast, and it’s going to help dither weeds in a sense that it’s blocking out light. Now, there two types of mulchs organic and inorganic.
Organic mulch is comprised of natural materials that break down overtime, adding nutrients back into your soil. Good examples include bark, grass and shred red wood also known as guerilla hair. This also is recycled not woods, so it does not have nutritional value because it’s so hairy in fibers, it clings together and helps stay in place on hillsides.
So shredded red wood is a great mulch, but you may have to block hair occasionally and just cultivate it helps to loosen it up a bit. This is a product called “Coir”, and Coir is actually the inside of the coconut husks. It actually breaks down, it adds nutrients, and it also help to add some glues to sandy soil.
When you’re not going to give nutritional value is when you’re using inorganic mulch, something like this rock here. Another inorganic mulch is actually the recycled tire, gloves and this used playground and the areas where the kids are going to be playing because it almost gives you this impact attenuating surface. They can get a natural colors like this brown, and you can also get it in fun colors like blues, yellows and reds, and if it is around a playground area then you know those colors may work for you.
Next up, let’s talk about mulch size. We got different sizes of mulchs. I got a large per bark. If you have smaller plants you might want to do it even a smaller per bark. It will be ever look good around your plants, and not burry the plant. The larger the mulch, the longer it takes too decomposed and break down. The smaller it is, the fastest going break down in add that nutrients to the soil.
Now, when your applying your mulch, you really want a four points layer, four inches is just enough material to give you actually weeds suppression, and it’s really going helps to hold in some water. As you get closer to your plants, you don’t want to build up mulch at the base of your plant. Basically, you just put on the want ground there. If you hold too much moisture by having too much mulch at the base of your plant, you will just rot this plant away.
Any wood product you put in contact with the soil is going to remove nitrogen from the soil because it’s starting to be decomposed like fungi. Fungi feed on nitrogen, so if you will add wood product to the soil, remember to add some nitrogen fertilizer so the plants don’t turn yellow. So, there you have it, mulch suppresses weeds, holds in moisture and it looks great.
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